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bill clinton signed into law the family and medical leave act. you know, there are many laws that we pass here in washington that most americans never have reason to know or care about. the fmla, by contrast, has changed this country in profoundly important ways. it has touched the lives of millions of working families. it's almost hard to imagine today but 20 years ago, before this landmark law, workers had to risk their jobs and their livelihoods when family needs arose. there was no national policy for maternity leave or paternity leave. new mothers were sometimes compelled to return to work just days after giving birth. or to quit jobs they would otherwise have liked to keep. there was no law allowing someone to take leave from work to care for an aging, potentially dying parent or to care for a child with a serious illness. families had to leave their loved ones in the hands of others or quit their jobs and face dire economic consequences. there was no policy to allow a seriously ill worker to return to work after recovering from cancer or other serious health condition. all of
. but what i can say is when i was offered this job by secretary clinton, the office had lost a competence of key players on capitol hill and others in the u.s. government. so i just produce a chance to start over anything probably a lot of what we are doing with the original conception. and i'm trying not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. probably nobody has said that since her grandmother died. so my feeling is they think the original intent was to be strategic and to have a policy influence. and then i think when it went through its middle stages a coordinator and never gain traction in the state department. so it then went into a kind of supplier of people, which i thought was too limited. so we've tried to recapture that want to be part of the conversation. we've been very fortunate to have the support for secretary clinton for the first year of our existing and now what we are finding that only been in a handful of meetings with secretary kerry, but in every one of the meanings, he has said, or bring the ideas. give me some out-of-the-box thinking. we've got to find another w
, a position that this morning's test held under of another georgetown alumnus, bill clinton. our catholic and jesuit identity ask of all of us, our students as well as faculty, to seek a better, more just world. something special that we have that encourages and motivates so many of our alumni for public service. let me turn to our guest today, and alumnus of another just we university, santa clara. his early work in public service was as an aide to then thomas kidd coal of california, and as an assistant to the secretary of health education and welfare. he later became director of the u.s. office of civil rights, just a few years after the passage of the civil rights act. in the '60s, he served as an army intelligence officer and was honored with the army commendation medal. secretary panetta served in the u.s. house of representatives for more than 15 years before he became director of the office of management and budget under president clinton who was so impressed by his leadership and dedication that he asked him to serve as his chief of staff. after secretary panetta left the white h
of state, the inimitable mrs. clinton who has been allied and a partner and certainly viewed very well in pakistan as the most important and powerful diplomat representing the united states fears abroad. we welcome john kerry because pakistan knows john kerry as the architect -- one of the architects of the kerry lugar berman legislation, which has been instrumental in broad-based in this relationship and anchoring it and we hope a longer and more sustainable multifaceted relationship. we also know that it's not a relations transcends personalities as well as political parties. we work and we hope to work with every senior policymaker in the united states as well as congress and senator kerry has emerged from those ranks. we look forward to working with him and i don't think we need to speak to anyone. he has worked his policy agenda and i'm sure he has a great deal to address as he takes this important and challenging task. >> as you know, your foreign minister did a talk at the council on foreign relations moderated by david sanger of "the new york times" and while they are in terms
the aircraft carriers that i need or even bill clinton, saying that i am not going to attack saddam hussein's intelligence headquarters as he did when clinton was president, because in some budget document under the constitution, the president and his commander in chief, we now have the president going because of this piece of paper in this agreement and i can't do what i need to do to protect the country. that is a kind of madness that i have not seen in a long time. >> bob woodward is a different understanding of how money works on the rest of us. in other words, if you don't have the money, you have to figure out how to adjust. that is a nice little sentiment that somehow ronald reagan would've been able to adjust and make money appear out of thin air and pay for things. but to send out an aircraft carrier, it costs a certain amount of money and everything else that goes into it. as part of the whole strategy, the resources that we have available, what will should we do to make decisions about where to spend that money. some of the money is now able to be spent so that the next group of
bill clinton was president. we not only balanced the budget, but we left george w. bush a surplus of $281 billion. and by the way, i happened to be here when we voted on the budget plan and we did not have one vote to spare. we did it ourselves. now, what did george w. bush do with this surplus, this huge surplus? he squandered it. he put two wars on the credit card, never paid for it, gave tax breaks to people who didn't need it and handed president obama a $1.2 trillion deficit, which is now projected to be $850 billion for 2013. it's going in the right direction under a democratic president. now, we want to get that down and we can get that down, and we can work together to get that down, but we do not have to do this sequester. history has shown us that the balanced approach we used when bill clinton was president of smart investments and things that help our people like job training and education and lifting up our children and making sure they don't go hungry, those kinds of investments pay off in a society. we had 23 million jobs. under george w. bush, we lost jobs. and thi
clinton for secretary of state. in that instance, russians were likewise raised about potential foreign funds. and secretary clinton did something quite admiral. she voluntarily disclosed every foreign donation in the clinton foundation even though the committee rules didn't require, because there was a reasonable question that would be raised if foreign funds have gone to that foundation. i would suggest those two paths are both reasonable passed today. not one, if reasonable questions are raised about financial topics of interest in a sense of measures he could position, of the receipt of foreign funds, one position is to say i won't make that disclosure and i will withdraw from a nomination. and i will point out henry kissinger was for an advisory board, not to be the chief civilian officer of the foreign -- or the second round is to provide disclosure in have to make clear there is not a form conflict of interest. senator hagel's response is truly unprecedented. i am not aware of any president would questions have been asked is a form conflict of interest with the nominee has said i
because we were asked to go to iraq, myself, senator lieberman and senator clinton is to see if we could push them to make sure we got the legal protections for the troops. i am with the president on this in the status of forces agreement. he was absolutely right to insist on that but when the prime minister maliki said how many are you going to recommend you said i believe we are still working on that. i was a little bit astonished because it's not that the general didn't know what he needed. it's just nobody would tell him what they were going to prove. so i just want people to be clear that general austin always had a firm view that we needed 18 to 20 is what he first said. it may be more than the political market can bear because i am not sensitive to that your back,, so he kept putting pen to paper, and i know very well what you are making the best recommendation is that you could, so my problem is not you, general austin. you put the numbers to paper, and at the end of the day we have none and i just want to put into the record a load of articles about a lot. a lot has returned to
of state hillary clinton gives farewell remarks at the state department. on c-span2, from the national black caucus of state legislators, a discussion about institutional racism. on c-span3, a look at the battle of extremists in mali. coming up next, looking at the economy. patrick reese gives the january jobs report. after that, the national school choice week and looking at international adoptions and why russia won't allow americans to adopt anymore. plus, your e-mails, phone calls, and tweets. "washington journal" is live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. on tuesday, the american enterprise institute hosted a panel of scholars to preview president obama's upcoming state of the union address and how foreign policy and national security will be addressed in the president's second term. this is one hour and 20 minutes. >> good afternoon, folks. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon, folks. can i please get everybody to sit down and speak quietly? i think we are going to start here. good afternoon, everybody. i am danielle pletka. i am from the american enterprise institute. welcom
back in the clinton administration they brought in -- is going to organize task forces, organized the entire economy and decide what goods and services we would need 20 years and so it could be planned to create them. hillary clinton him up with a very complicated health care plan which eventually ended up of course more unless being passed 20 years later by the obama administration. the obama administration also believes that its experts know that what we need in terms of energy is green energy. so we're going to channel a lot of resources to green energy companies. but it's not just democrats that do this sort of thing. i was writing this morning about how the state of virginia has been trying to centrally plan the love lives of virginians for 100 years. they tried to keep the mentally feeble from reproducing the they tried to keep people of different races from marrying. now to try to keep people of the same sex from marrying. and in all these cases it really is, we experts know better than these people who should marry, who should love, how people should live. we've got a gove
is that when i was offered this job by secretary clinton, the prior office had lost the confidence of key players on capitol hill and others in the u.s. government. so i just thought it was a chance to start over. and i think that probably a lot of what we are doing was originally -- was in the original conception. and we've tried -- i'm trying not to throw the baby with the bathwater, probably nobody said that since the grandmother died, right? i don't know why that phrase came up. >> perfectly good phrase. >> so my feeling is that i think the original intent was to be strategic and to have a policy influence. and didn't i think when it went through its middle stages as a coordinator it had lost, it never gained traction in the state department. and so then went into a kind of a supplier of people come which i thought was too limited. so we try to recapture that and want to be part of a policy conversation. we've been very fortunate to have a dynamic support of secretary clinton for the first year of our existence. and now what we're finding is, i've only been in a handful of meetings wi
. president clinton has pointed out that the power of our example -- the power of that example in the world has always been greater than any example of our power. that was the way bill clinton described it. and when daniel webster said that our founding fathers had set before the world an example, he went on to say this -- and i quote -- "the last hopes of mankind therefore rest with us. and if it should be proclaimed that our example had become an argument against the experiment, the knell of popular liberty would be sounded throughout the earth." i've spoken before about this small globe of ours, the light of dawn sweeping each morning across its face, lighting cities and cottages, barrios and villages. and across the globe's face, people coming forth from homes and hovels into that morning sun. each knowing from our american example that life does not have to be the way it is for them, knowing that an example of liberty and self-government stands free before them. that america stands as an alternative and a rebuke to the tyranny, to the corruption, or to the injustice in which they may b
, 2011, according to a letter secretary clinton sent to me in august, 2011. i worked toward approval of the keystone x.l. pipeline, first as governor of north dakota and now as a u.s. senator because i believe it is just the kind of project that will grow our economy and create the jobs our country so desperately needs, and it will do so with good environmental stewardship. at the same time, it will reduce our dependence on the middle east for oil, which is what the american people have desired for decades. the keystone x.l. pipeline project is long overdue. for the benefit of our economy, our environment and our long-term energy security, president obama needs to approve it. now, without further delay. mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent for just several minutes on another topic in regard to a recipient of the medal of honor from my state of north dakota. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. hoeven: mr. president, i rise today to honor one of our nation's true heroes, army staff sergeant clinton romashay. on monday, the president will present sergeant romashay with
.s. diplomat in the canadian capital during the clinton administration. john manly is the chief exhibit of the council's chief executives. you can't get much more execs than that. he's a former prime minister of finance, foreign affairs and trade and industry. he led the response to the 9/11 attacks and chaired the independent task force on the future of north america david is with the national security program at the center for strategic international studies here in washington and a former senior official of the u.s. energy department and was involved in negotiations for the u.s.-canada free trade agreement and the north american free trade agreement. and rita savage is the bureau chief. in a moment our conversation begins we will hear from all of our guests on the stage and also from our studio audience a little bit later. first let's take the next five minutes and bring some context to the conversation. >> of almost every level, the u.s.-canada relationship though occasionally up by the storm is the envy of the world. integrated industries and economies, the world's largest trade mo
served as budget director in the clinton white house. that's what alice rivlin, a wise commentator. a democrat but a wise commentator. but -- and she went on to say -- quote -- "but they clearly made a tactical decision." she meant a political decision. "the washington post" title of that was "obama's spending plan criticized for avoiding the commission's measure proposals." what about "the washington post" -- quote -- "erskine bowles, democratic chairman of the fiscal commission, said the white house budget request goes nowhere near where they will have to go to resolve our fiscal nightmare." he's referring to this. this was on february 14, two days after mr. lew made those ridiculous statements. this is mr. erskine bowles, a man chosen by president obama to head the fiscal commission and spent a year studying our debt problem. how about "investors business daily," a prominent business publication." the white house new budget is far worse than merely bad by not attacking the underlying cause of our debt explosion and by raising taxes, it will lead inevitably to a weaker economy a
of cnn who together have a wonderful interview with clinton yesterday. thank you. over to elise. [applause] we have a lot of distinguished guests in the audience. the deputy chief of mission for the embassy of lebanon. a lot of people who care about syria and looks to be a lively discussion this evening. in august, 2011 secretary of state hillary clinton called for the president bashar al-assad to step down for the sake of the syrian people. at that time about 2,000 people were killed. today that number of u.n. estimates has risen to more than 60,000 syrian is dead, hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled to turkey and jordan and iraq pleasing burdens on those countries, close to 2 million more, more than half have been displaced inside syria. what started as a brave stand has moved into a civil war with opposition forces becoming more radicalized, some of them would say infiltrated by extremist forces with links to al qaeda. the conflict threatens to destabilize the entire region and become a battleground for the proxy war some might say of competing interest. the and ratio
in 1996 at the beginning of the president's first term, president clinton's first term, is now is the opportune time. so what we need to do as americans is to quit complaining and push these guys to make a compromise they have to make in order to get something real done that put our fiscal house in order spent as erskine said, he spent hours, and days, in his work as the last person to balance the budget in the united states by working with newt gingrich and dick armey. he often says you only one, but i don't -- but he's that kind of savvy, mr. steady. and if he can't, if you can't, and i admire him deeply, watched him, he's a tremendous man, he's the best of the best, if he with his skill and negotiating skills can't get us there, it won't get there. and the markets will do the shot. and they don't care a whit about who is president or they don't care a whit about democrats or a whit about republicans. they care about their money. and if anybody can't figure that out, you know, you have a rock for brains. >> you have the last word here. >> i don't want it to. [laughter] >> whe
. he can in one time and took almost a year in the clinton administration if you recall that period of time. so, we may be under a different watch for a while of the chairman were to. >> you've watched the commission over the years. how would you characterize some of the changes that have gone on in just how the commission operates in the relationship among the tension how would you characterize the change of the commission over the past ten, 20 years? >> as far as collegiality goes it does vary between the administration and between i think the chairman who set the stage. i think to his credit the commissioners while they are quite split on their philosophy, there - three philosophy i think they all get along personally well and it's to their credit. i don't see any major sports that way. i think if people seem to -- they are adults over there and i think that is relatively good. i do see a lot of differences the commission and by regulated and the one today in the sense of the communications have become so important and you do have the open meeting and they are not able to talk. y
. there is no jumping from this generation of energy production to the next overnight. even president clinton, even al gore when he was vice president talked about the transition that we have to go through. i see this pipeline as a transition. it's giving us oil from one of our closest, most dependable and friendliest of all allies, canada, as opposed to pushing us over the next five or ten years to continuing to do business with countries that do not share our values like the leadership, unfortunately, in venezuela today or the problems with countries in the northeast, even the saudis who we respect in some ways do not have the same value system as the united states. we would much rather -- at least my constituents would much rather deal with canada and mexico. not only are they better allies, but for louisiana, we like working in canada. it's a little closer to home. we like working in mexico. and since many of these workers on these rigs and in this business come from louisiana and texas, let me be crystal clear. my colleagues that are helping on this are absolutely right. the people of louisiana w
your time back in the state department in the clinton years you were involved in some early efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. i don't know if you have any perspective on less sorns learned -- lessons learned in the approach tried then. >> i think we made a number of mistakes. it was me at least in part. what did we really learn? i think the most important lesson from kyoto is you can not negotiate a treaty unless you're prepared to do stuff at home to meet the requirements. and i think, it wasn't enough thinking that went into what it is that the u.s. was prepared to do domestically before kyoto was negotiated. and then of course we had other reasons it was never submitted to the senate and so on and so on. i think, we were great at the negotiation but it really didn't mean anything because we didn't have a program here to actually get it implemented. the other, the other lesson, and, again, i'm partly the problem here. is that, we had just sort of come off the montreal protocol which i think was a very successful international agreement. and we thought we should model a cli
that was not addressed in the fact the clinton administration and the bush administration they did nothing to rein in the fannie and freddie which mr. bush could have done with his secretary and reduce the mandates from over 60% that they wanted subprimal mortgages. this is what caused the collapse and right now fannie and freddie are making it more difficult to get a mortgage but they are going through the fha. the part of the problem is not that we don't have enough regulation or whatever, it's that we don't have good regulation. we don't have people enforcing those regulations. >> guest: peter raises a lot of interesting points and you have to keep coming back to the cause of the financial crisis. you are right the agency certainly played a part in the financial crisis and the subprime mortgages played a part. one of the parts the was played in the financial crisis was excessive pay. it was paid that was encouraging the companies to take risk and that is why it is important for us to do the reports that we did. i will give you a perfect example. you had loan officers at the banks who were being
's. i worked in the clinton administration and the obama administration and i shaped it when i was at the state department. i think it was a great announcement president made with europe and by the look forward working with you and the members of the committee to have a free and fair trade that expands the market. >> would you be open to -- >> i would be open to the discussion that still has to take place on that. i would certainly engage on it. >> my last question is a written question. thank you, mr. chairman. >> it on their retirement savings. we have a question posed generally earlier by senator cardin come and the committee has worked over the years of the ways and means committee starting in 2001 to expand their retirement savings and the theory has been if you can get more business to offer a 401k plan and get more people to take up the ira did you can expand people's ability to save for their retirement to take off the pressure on the social security. some of us are concerned that sometimes the administration seems less committed to that going forward in 2006 as you kno
. the 1996 welfare reform act signed by president clinton was backed by every single member of the republican senate caucus, along with a majority of senate democrats. likewise, during the reagan years, most senate democrats voted for the 1983 social security amendments, and a whapg 94% of senate democrats voted for the 1986 tax reform act. under president george w. bush, 84% of senate democrats voted for no child left behind. in other words, presidents have traditionally understood that reform and results take leadership, and only then will bipartisan support follow, yet the president seems to neglect this very obvious fact and prefers instead to continue what seems like a perpetual campaign and to knock down straw men rather than cantwell do something about our strocting debt. real debt reduction will require presidential leadership, the kind of leadership that president clinton displayed in 1993 when he convinced 47% of senate democrats and 40% of house democrats to defy organized labor and support the north american free trade agreement. since then, u.s. trade with canada has nearly tripl
. .. secretary clinton, your predecessor, secretary panetta and others recommended to president obama arming some of the rebels that had been carefully bedded in the decision rejected by president obama last year the foreign secretary said that a static policy cannot remain. so at this stage, isn't it time to revisit the policy, and mr. foreign secretary, i wanted to ask what do you mean by a policy? would the u.k. like to see the united states take a more forward-leading policy toward arming the rebels. giving them some help in arming or training or other kinds of support that they seek? is there any way that the asad regime can really be displaced diplomatically given russia's strong support military and in other words for the regime. >> andrea, i'll let your first question, and i'll let the secretary answer questions, two, three, and four. [laughter] i will -- why should they come and meet? they should come and meet because in fact, countries have been helping them, and because we are precisely meeting to determine how to help president asad change the calculation on the ground. i said that pr
to where the level of revenues were in the four years we had balanced budgets under bill clinton. revenues as a percentages of g.d.p., my colleagues might recall, range anywhere from 19.5% to 20.5% of g.d.p. last year about 15.5%, maybe 16% of g.d.p. with the fiscal cliff deal adopted here in this body, signed by the president back on -- in early january, revenues as a percentage of g.d.p. by the end of this ten years will be up to about 18.5%. but additional revenues, some additional revenues are needed, very much in line with what we had when we had four balanced budgets in a row under the clinton administration. those were the first balanced budgets we had in a long time. second thing we need do is entitlement program refortunately. we need -- over half our money we spend is on entitlements. is this possible -- the president says we need entitlement reform that saves money, doesn't savage old people, poor people, and that makes sure these rams are around for future generations? that'generations. that's number two. the third thing is we need to save money in everything we do. including d
in the current administration and under president clinton where i'll note he helped guide our nation through one of the greatest periods of economic growth in america's history. mr. lew has also served in the u.s. department of state as deputy secretary for management and resources. mr. lew has demonstrated time and again that he has the experience and knowledge to help get the nation's economy back on track. we need a strong man at the helm to help tackle the many fiscal challenges facing our nation, and i believe jack lew is that man. just two days from now, on march 1, across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, will hit. $85 billion in federal spending will be sliced from thousands of programs, including medicare, rural development and early education. the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicts the cuts will slow the economic recovery and result in another year of sluggish growth and high unemployment. i firmly believe we need to cut our debt and get our fiscal house in order. we know there are places to trim the fat. the american public knows that certainly. but we need
secretary treasury in the clinton administration tells a story about killing and beating up with larry summers. the administration wanted to give money to subsidize school construction. if anything sounds like an expenditure item it is financing school construction, and the issue was that the tax paper said we really should add this to the tax code. larry summers was saying, the only way we can get it, they jiggered fancy school construction bond that was a deduction and all sorts of ways to make this a tax cut rather than a spending increase because they thought they could get it through congress that way. that is part of what is going on is this gaming of whether something is a spending and more tax cut leading to a lot of distortions which are separate from the issue over the you want to do the particular subsidy or the particular item in question. >> to you want to weigh in? >> in our annual report remade the complexity of the cut the number one most serious problem for taxpayers. we made the point that one person's loophole is another person's lifeline. it really just been some pe
. it's all the numbers. bill clinton said it's all about the reference checks. it's all members. right now is such a small, slim majority. the house works on the majority, 50% 18 votes come to hundred 18 votes control. so, when you have on the party lines the public devoting one way and democrats the other come if you get a group in the middle but says that's not good for america or the next generation. it's not who we are as a people, the court doesn't take many, 20, 30, maybe on congress. now let's go over to the senate. and the reason that we take 60, our founding fathers basically wanted the minority to have the same amount of input as the majority party and it's true the democracy. the works that way. it hasn't worked that way because we can't get by procedural, get a vote to the floor because we are in such turmoil but if that happens, you have 45 republican, 55 democrats it takes 60. is only takes a swing and gillmor of 15 people one way in the senate to make it happen. you bring that out and i guarantee you the leadership can count numbers and they know when they don't have 60
, and on the 28th of may, 1998, there was a white house meeting with president clinton and sandy beggar. just -- berger. just as they were about to go into berger's office, they received word of a major counteroffensive that had been launched by yugoslav armed forces, by serbian armed forces which during that spring and summer displaced 200,000 people. with winter approaching, early winter in kosovo that year, tony blair gave an impassioned speech to the security council calling for action. as a follow-up to that on the 24th of september, fay toe approved -- nato approved an activation warning, and one week later it approved an activation request which is the next step in forced generation for nato military action. on the 10th of october at the business lounge of heathrow airport, holbrooke met with the contact group. this was an informal body of diplomats from the u.s., the u.k., france, italy, russia and germany. and with foreign minister igor ivanov's endorsement, nato issued an activation order which is one step short of combat, of authorizing combat operations. with that act in hand, mil
with and president clinton. we balanced the budget five of those 14 years. it meant that there was compromise. this requires compromise. this requires the republicans stepping forward with some ideas about how to keep essential services of the government running at the level people have been accustomed to. this is not rocket science. this is people coming together the way that other congresses have done to solve big issues. i suggest that my former colleague on the republican side, go see the movie " "lincoln," because it shows how hard it was back then to get it done. what he did is he gathered people around him in a way i believe president obama is doing by calling republicans, talking to them, trying to work with them, and when that happens, big things get solved. the fiscal cliff got solved because people started talking to one another. >>> up next assistant secretary of state discusses u.s. foreign policy efforts to improve conflict prevention and addressing crises. the secretary of the newly created state department team responsible for the government's role of countries and conflict in
in 1993 by president clinton. >> you're watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. on weeknights watch key public policy events and every weekend the non-fiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedule at our website. and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. at the recent world economic forum in switzerland participates discuss china's economic future and the policy changes needed to move the country forward. ists including -- analysts included economic professors from china and the u.s. the role world economic forum is anen yule event this is about an hour. [inaudible conversations] welcome from inside economic forum. the party congress has said the very ambition goal for all -- [inaudible] and. we'll ask whether how it can be achieved over the next hour. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> translator: i'm going to divide the one hour in to three parts. first we're going to talk about whether the vision could be achieved. what our major challenge and the reasons and the second part will be reform. and so i want to discuss about the p
. >> secretary, why did you, general dempsey and secretary clinton recommend that the u.s. provide weapons to the rebel forces in syria? were you disappointed the white house turned that down? and do you think is the result of that that this war could go on endlessly? >> will, izvestia very direct direct question by senator mccain. i gave my direct answer and i'm not going to go into the discussions that were held on this issue other than to say there were a lot of variables in a lot of issues that were discussed. the president made a decision and i supported that position. i would say syria obviously remains of tremendous concern in the situation remains of great concern, particularly with what iran is doing for him going and assisting there in syria. the al qaeda front, the nusra front is now participating on the opposition side. in addition to that, has paula seems to be more active there as well. and you know, when you look at the whole situation in the lives lost in syria, it's not only a tragic situation, it is a situation, which can develop into a much more chaotic situation that ca
officials, from multiple committees, from an independent review board, secretary clinton testified, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from former senator john kerry that he's headed for the middle east. why? syria. that's something else that the secretary of defense has to be concerned about. next week while we're on recess, while we're on recess
can rally behind as we look for a solution to our fiscal issues. he was president clinton's o.m.b. director, and during that time we balanced the federal budget. we were able to do something that has only been done once in my lifetime, and that is we actually balanced the federal budget. jack lew was the architect of bringing us together to balance the federal budget. we need that type of leadership in the treasury today a person who understands fiscal responsibility understands how to do it in a way that you can create job growth. and during those years let me remind you we created millions of jobs. he then of course returned to public service as the o.m.b. director for president obama and as chief of staff. he has the experience we need to be secretary of the treasury, and he has the political know-how to bring us together, democrats, republicans americans to do what's right for this country. mr. president, i am proud that he's willing to step forward. i urge my colleagues to support his nomination. he is the right person at the right time to lead our nation on fiscal policy
happening in the 1990s in the clinton administration. my time tour was at the school of infantry, and when i showed up there, it was like a welcome back scenario, going through the private, coming back as a captain, so there was a company commanded infantry training unite, and sort of complete the circle of life in the "lion king" sense i guess. i got assigned to a battalion that trains noninfantry nonspecialty combat skills. every marine is a rifleman regardless your job. prepare to pick up your weapon or launch an assault regardless of your contract job. i showed up, half the unit was made upof
, and that's the american soldier. on monday, staff sergeant clinton romesha was presented, was presented the medal of honor by president obama. his hair was and exemplifies the caliber of the men and women serving in our army today. example place the gravity of the task we ask them to form -- to perform on her behalf it is sometimes hard to describe to the american people just how talented and dedicated these young men and women are. they possess the humility and selflessness that we will respect. they embrace, demonstrated dedication to the profession with the moral and physical courage that epitomizes the ethos of the american soldier. since 9/11 we have grown a generation of expense combat tested leaders and soldiers from the young men and women who have volunteered to serve our country. 1.5 million soldiers have deployed during the past 12 years. more than a half a million have deployed two, three, four or five times. more than 4700 have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great nation. our soldiers today operate in a most uncertain, unpredictable, and dynamic security environ
it was under president clinton when we balanced the federal budget, balanced the federal budget. we actually had surpluses. and our economy was growing, job growth, moving in the right direction. well, our revenues have dipped to about 15% of our economy, so we're not anywhere near with as much revenue as we need in order to have a balanced approach that allows for job growth. and yes, our spending is too high, particularly on what we call the mandatory side. we agree with that. you look at our health care costs in this country, they are much higher than any other nation in the world, and we don't have the health results that would demonstrate why we're spending so much more. we need a more efficient system. that's why a lot of us supported the affordable care act because we see in it delivery system reform that will make our health care system more efficient, bring down the cost of hospital care by reducing readmissions, bring down the cost of hospital care by reducing hospital infection rates, bring down the cost of high-cost interventions by dealing with people with complicated multiissue
and 2800 long term jobs. it is no wonder i heard from people in places like clinton, wausau, green bay, superior and chippewa falls who want us all to get this bill passed. we need to get started on this project as soon as possible. tonight, please join me well many coulding a number of people who want to get to work. joining me are josh guinness, larry youngs, cindy, carl crawl, richard, curtla. as uaw, steve anderson, harold brick man, brian, these operating engineers are members of local 139 who are looking for work. also joining us tonight are carpenters and mill rights from northern wisconsin locals of the united brotherhood of carpenters. welcome dana totelli. bob, charlie steed, hall ida, dan gillespie, pete erec, david grote and jim "barron's." [applause] [applause] together, [applause] together, they're holding a flag of the great state of wisconsin. as you can see, on the right-hand side is the image of a miner. in the upper right-hand corner of the shield are the tools of a miner. and on the top of the seal, underneath our motto, forward, is a badger, which comes from the ni
president clinton when the economy was booming, but we did that and we should look no further. the problem with that analysis is that only looks at the revenue that's actually collected. it doesn't look at the loopholes. it doesn't look at the tax expenditures either on the individual side or on the corporate side. now, it's also worth noting that if you add these two up and you get $2.1 trillion, or more likely on the corporate side if you add these up and you get $338 billion, there's more money out there that that doesn't count. that's the money that never shows up for taxation in the first place because it's been hidden off in loophole -- in off shore tax refuges. people have pretended that their income is in funds in the cayman islands. they have pretended that their intellectual property is in a five-person office in ireland. there are a lot of gimmicks by which money never even gets into this calculation. so when you look at the pain that the sequester is going to cause, it makes a lot of sense to look at the tax expenditures which amount to a total of $1.17 trillion and use that to
threats. they heard from former national security advisor richard clarke who was adviser under the clinton george w. bush administrations and also speaking michigan's chief security officer and information security officer for the shoe and apparel website, zappos. leading the session with the chair and vice chair of the governors health and homeland security committee, martin o'malley and brian sandoval. >> good afternoon, everyone. i'm governor brian sandoval on the state of nevada. a meeting of the national governors association committee on health and homeland security is called to order. thank you very much for joining us. the briefing books for this meeting was sent to governors in advance, including agenda. speaker biographies and backgrounds information. the proceedings of this committee meeting are open to the press, and all meeting attendees. as a consideration if you all please take a moment to ensure that your cell phones and other electronic devices are silenced. i would also like to complement governor o'malley, what a privilege and honor it is to serve on this committee with
a republican and bill clinton a democrat took on the toughest issues and together we worked forward for the benefit of our people and for the future of this country, and we made enormous strides in that regard, but it would not have happened had the president not become engaged, and at this point, the only engagement the president has made is to call for higher taxes and go out and campaign against those of us who are trying to sincerely address this problem. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new hampshire. mrs. shaheen: mr. president, i come to the floor this afternoon to applaud the passage just a little while ago by the white house of the violence against women act. i want to also congratulate my colleagues, senator leahy, my neighbor from vermont, and senator crapo for -- who is here on the floor today for their leadership in getting this legislation passed so early in this session and for helping to see that it got shepherded through the house where it had been such -- so challenging. this is legislati
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